I came across this today and is another example of the liberalisation which horrifies so many of us.
“A canine ‘christening’ has taken place in Cumbria – in one of the most lavish ceremonies ever planned for a pooch. Wearing a specially made silk shawl, the Shih Tzu puppy Sheridan was chauffeur-driven to church in a Jaguar. After the ceremony, the mutt-made-holy was taken to a hotel where 75 guests drinking pink champagne toasted its health. The event cost about £1,000. Local vicar Revd David Fowler blessed the dog in church – but refused to actually christen the animal there. Instead, the clergyman placed his hands on the dog's head at the hotel and declared it be called Sheridan Smith. ‘It was a very emotional service,’ said owner Russell Smith. ‘The vicar, who is a big dog lover and has bearded collies of his own, was fantastic.’”
Source: Telegraph (20/11)